Stella Young (moderator) - Disability Advocate, Broadcaster and Comedian. Nelly Caleb - National Coordinator, Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association, Vanuatu. Graeme Innes - Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission. Rosemary McKay - Director, Disability Inclusive Development team, AusAID. Ana Nanovo - President, Psychiatric Survivors' Association, Fiji. With guest appearance by Stevie Wills - Community Education Officer, CBM Australia and performance poet. Follow the conversation on twitter: #1JW+ More details
Featuring: Laura DeNardis American University Ross LaJeunesse Google Katherine Maher Access Now Christopher Painter U.S. Department of State Carolina Rossini Group for Public Policies on Access to Information Introductory remarks by: Carl Gershman National Endowment for Democracy Angela Greiling Keane Bloomberg News / National Press Club Moderated by: Marguerite Sullivan National Endowment for Democracy Last December, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) convened U.N. member states for the World Conference on International Telecommunications. The meeting highlighted deep divisions among governments between a top-down, centralized, international regulatory structure for the Internet and a multi-stakeholder model. At the close of the conference, the majority of states approved a treaty that leaves the door open for the ITU to play a role in regulating the Internet in the future. The treaty does not go into effect until 2015, but it could provide legal cover and legitimacy for countries such as Iran and China, which exert a heavy hand in filtering and censoring Internet content. Internet governance will continue to be a key debate in upcoming conferences, including the World Summit on the Information Society and the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference. How do the complex power dynamics among governments, corporations, and citizens affect freedom of expression online? What is at stake in the debate on who regulates the Internet for journalists and press freedom advocates? CIMA's World Press Freedom Day 2013 event addressed these questions and the crucial next steps in the Internet governance discussion.+ More details
We know one of the best ways to overcome poverty is with education. Education transforms lives and has the power to lift children, their families and entire communities out of poverty. But as the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education looms large, it’s becoming clear this may be out of reach. So what are the barriers preventing children getting the education they deserve? Inequality, discrimination and a lack of access to school infrastructure means many children living in developing countries have little chance of seeing the inside of a classroom and realising their full potential. Even for the children who do manage to get to school – completing their education is often out of the question.+ More details
On the 23rd February 2012, the IIRE oganised an international public meeting to discuss the politics of Humanitarian Rleif in the Third World. Speakers from France, Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka exposed their experience and reflections in building humanitarian aid programs which promot social equality and human emancipation from the grassroots.+ More details
WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? is a documentary film that explores why the charity given to Africa over the last five decades has been largely ineffective and at times harmful. The film tells the story of Brandon, Nicholas, Daniel and Tim Klein who travel from Cairo to Cape Town in an attempt to understand one of the paramount problems of our time; the failure to end poverty. www.whatarewedoinghere.net If you are an institution and would like to show the film, please purchase from www.films.com+ More details
At the Lowy Lecture Series on 20 July, a high-level panel, with Sandy Hollway AO, Jack De Groot and Rowan Callick, considered how well Australia's aid program is placed to respond to evolving development challenges. Annmaree O'Keeffe, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, chaired the discussion.+ More details
With the climate of austerity in Washington, the U.S. foreign aid budget is coming under pressure. USAID has just announced the closure of up to seven programs between now and 2015. The United States has closed countries for decades, redefining its development and economic cooperation relationships. As part of maintaining engagement, the United States and its partners have created a variety of joint institutions and mechanisms that allows both the U.S and its partner countries to cooperate in new ways. In many cases, the result has been a more effective and deepened relationship. There are lessons to be learned about how to close programs and use close outs as an opportunity to reorient our relationships.+ More details
WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY - Melbourne Celebration 2012 In celebration of this year’s United Nations World Humanitarian Day, the UNAA Victoria held a public forum to discuss Australia’s contribution to humanitarian efforts worldwide and pay tribute to Australian aid workers. The forum was held in partnership with AusAID, UNHCR, Oxfam Australia, Australian Red Cross, RedR and Humanitarian Crisis Hub. World Humanitarian Day is a celebration of people helping people. It encourages us to reflect on our own lives and what more we as individuals, communities and governments can do to help those enduring conflict, disaster and hardship. Guest speakers included: • Catherine Walker, First Assistant Director General of Humanitarian & Stabilisation Division, AusAID • Richard Towle, Regional Representative, UNHCR, Regional Office for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific • Bob Handby, Water and Sanitation Manager, Australian Red Cross • Alan McLean, CEO, RedR Australia • Meg Quartermaine, Humanitarian Operations Manager, Oxfam Australia Facilitator: • Beth Eggleston, Humanitarian Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia+ More details
OPEN Gallery, 25.9.2012 Panelists: Andrej Bán, journalist and photographer, .týždeň weekly Sahraa Karimi, filmmaker Vaughan Smith, war correspondent, founder of Frontline Club London Zaher Jaan Zaher, President of the World Afghan Professionals Organization Moderator: Nikolas M. Trendowski, Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy+ More details
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